FATHER’S DAY SPECIAL: Learn 5 Typical Dad Jokes in British Accent
Hi, it’s Maggie here from Speak More Clearly!
In honour of Father’s Day, we thought we’d bring you a laugh in British accent practice with these 5 typical Dad Jokes below.
Dad jokes are simple in their structure, yet possess a subtle wit that can catch us off guard. They often rely on wordplay, puns, and clever twists of language to elicit a chuckle. These jokes are typically harmless, light-hearted, and family-friendly, making them suitable for all ages.
They may not be the most intellectually challenging or sophisticated form of comedy, but they carry an undeniable charm that transcends generations. One of the reasons dad jokes have stood the test of time is their ability to create a unique bond between fathers and their children.
Don’t forget to practise your English pronunciation in British accent while watching the video.
Here are 5 British Typical Dad Jokes you can practise in British accent:
Joke #1: What did the ocean say to the beach? Nothing, it just waved.
Be careful you don’t cut the long ‘ea’ short or you’ll say ‘bitch’. It’s beach (as you say the ‘ea’ make your hand go up and down like a slippery dip)
Joke #2: I used to hate facial hair…but then it grew on me.
The first ‘A in facial is a long ‘A’ like in ‘rain’.
The second ‘A’ is said as a schwa -short ‘u’.
Now let’s look at ‘used to’ – the ‘S’ is saying unvoiced /s/, therefore the “ED’ is saying /t/.
Because we hear /t/ at the end of used, and ‘to’ begins with /t/, we elide or omit the /t/ at the end of ‘used’. So not used .. to but it’s ‘useto’.
I used to hate facial hair.
Joke #3: Why do Dad’s take an extra pair of socks when they go golfing? In case they get a hole in one.
Make sure you use the British ‘o’ vowel for socks and golfing. Don’t say a short ‘or’ instead.
Don’t forget to link the words ‘pair.. of’ – so it becomes ‘pairof’.
Yes, normally we only pronounce the /r/ sound if it’s before a vowel. But because it’s before the ‘o’ in the word ‘of’, it comes before a vowel, and so we link it.
Joke #4: My neighbour tiled my roof for free. He said it was on the house.
Here, the joke is playing on the literal meaning, and the idiom ‘on the house’ – meaning something is free of charge.
If the drinks are on the house – someone else beside you, is paying.
Be careful how you pronounce neighbour /ˈneɪ.bər/
It’s said ‘nayber’
Also, sometimes people pronounce the word ‘said’ as ‘sayd’ because of the ‘AI’ in it.
In this word the “AI” doesn’t say ‘ai’ (rain). It simply says /e/ as in egg.
To sound more flowing in English you link ‘said’ and ‘it’ /saidit/.
And you also link ‘was’ and ‘on’ /wason/.
Joke #5: “Why did the orange stop halfway up the hill? He ran out of juice.”
Again, a pun or play on words because of the different possible meanings of the word.
Besides the literal juice of an orange, the figurative meaning of juice here plays on the meaning of fuel, or energy.
The ‘oo’ in juice is the long ‘oo’. Don’t cut it short.
The ‘L’ in half is silent.
We have a 3-way link in ‘ran out of. ‘It’s said ‘ranoutof’.
Had fun pratising with us? Whether you’re rolling your eyes in exasperation or laughing wholeheartedly, sharing a dad joke becomes a moment of connection and shared humour. It’s a playful way for dads to lighten the mood and engage with their loved ones, fostering a sense of camaraderie and warmth, so feel free to share this blog with a loved one!
For more free British pronunciation training, check out this lesson on Tips To Speak With A British Accent.
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